Wabasha County GOP Links Nazis, Mask Ordinance; Board Member Resigns

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After claiming Monday night that the Wabasha County Republican Party Facebook page had been hacked, Minnesota Republican Party Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan tweeted that an anti-Semitic post that compared the Holocaust to Gov. Tim Walz’s mask mandate was made by a board member. Upon further investigation, the @mngop learned the Wabasha County FB page was not […]

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JCRC Condemns Ongoing Comparisons to Nazis, and the Misuse of the Holocaust, to Measures being Taken to Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19

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Update — July 27: “The post shared by the Republican Party of Wabasha County MN is appalling. As we stated over the weekend, to compare public health measures to Nazi orders for Jews to wear yellow badges is reprehensible and wholly inaccurate. We demand the Republican Party of Wabasha County remove the post and apologize. […]

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Some Local Orthodox Synagogues Slowly Reopen

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Moshe Kalatsky was always going to be prepared to read the whole Torah portion at his recent Bar Mitzvah. But he wasn’t counting on having to the blessings for each Aliyah, as well as taking the Torah out, returning it to the ark, and doing all those associated blessings. Welcome to the reality of having […]

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Late-Night Protesters ‘Are Not Us,’ Walz Says

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As protests the last several days have turned into window-smashing, building-torching riots, Minnesota leaders are suggesting that many of those involved in the worst of the damage are not from here. At a Saturday morning press conference, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter said that he was told that all the people arrested in his city. […]

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Aleinu. It Is On Us.

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George Floyd was murdered under the knees of a police officer, along with three accomplices. In many faith traditions, knees are used to bend in reverence to holiness. Reverend Ted Tollefson inspired my sisters and me to write this piece from the Jewish perspective as we head into the festival of Shavuot.  Aleinu. It is […]

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It’s Not About Us

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Sometimes it’s OK to sit one out. That’s a hard thing for a journalist to hear with a potential story nearby, but there are times when that’s the right thing to do. That was a call we made yesterday and we stand by it for several reasons. The potential story involved graffiti near Shir Tikvah […]

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In Response To Ad, Rep. McCollum Calls AIPAC ‘Hate Group’

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Congresswoman Betty McCollum, who represents Minnesota’s 4th District, is embroiled in controversy with AIPAC after calling the organization a “hate group.” The comment came in a statement the 10-term congresswoman released Wednesday afternoon in response to a Facebook ad released by AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee), which uses a composite photo of McCollum, Rep. […]

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Heilicher Receives $1.4 Million Gift for Judaic Studies Program

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The Amos and Celia Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School proudly announces a $1.4 million charitable gift to the school from Rabbi Mitchell Smith in honor of his parents, Harold and Mickey (z”l) Smith.  This is the second major gift to Heilicher by Rabbi Smith this year. The current gift is an augmentation of a $1.1 […]

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